Provence 4-Day Bike Tour
- Region: France
- Destination: Provence
- Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
- Level: Weekend
- Price From: $3395
- Single Supplement: $ 700
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Cycle past endless fruit orchards and vineyards on the Provence 4-Day Bike Tour. Climb winding roads to medieval villages and spin by the many roman vestiges. Stroll through charming rural towns. Explore ancient abbeys and taste the world’s best olive oils. You will never forget the breathtaking castle ruins of Les Baux de Provence, a morning at the market in St. Remy (pottery, traditional fabrics and soaps, and olive oils), and olive oil and wine tastings in Les Baux. Culinary delights include tastings of sumptuous reds, whites, and the celebrated rosés of Provence, and unforgettable meals that include Provençal specialties prepared by some of the region’s most prominent chefs.
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to Provence!
Your guides will greet you at the Avignon TGV train station, and we’re off! At the hotel, we’ll start out with the essentials: bike fitting, safety talk, and map review. Then we’ll hop on our bikes and head to the Pont du Gard aqueduct – one of the Roman’s grandest structures, built in 19 B.C., and continue through beautiful orchards to the villages of Lédenon and Cabrières. After a pleasant climb, enjoy a thrilling descent through the gorges of the garrigue or Provençal scrubland. Dinner in Castillon du Gard with our dear friend Mario is sure to be outstanding.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Avignon, Pont du Gard, Lédenon, Cabrières
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32.5 km (Optional extra hill ride)
Day Two: Across the Rhône River
Leave Gard and cycle through rural countryside past rustic stone churches before crossing the Rhône River. Enjoy a peaceful break atop the gentle climb at the Abbey de St. Michel-de-Frigolet and listen to the monk’s spiritual chant. Pedal through the village of Maillane where we will stop for an authentic bistro lunch with the locals. Continue riding through miles of fruit orchards to the base of les Alpilles. We’ll then continue on to St Remy for a guided visit of the ancient ruins of the old roman trading post once called Glanum. Tonight, we’ll head to our next hotel where you can explore the beautiful grounds or relax by the pool before dinner in our favorite chic bistro in St. Remy.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: St.Michel-de-Frigolet Abbey, Maillane, St. Remy en Provence
Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km (Optional ride of 12.5 miles / 20.5 km)
Day Three: Les Baux de Provence
Our mission today is to learn to love the climb. At the top, we will be rewarded with unforgettable vistas over the Val d’Enfer. We’ll arrive above the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence where we can meander the cobblestone streets of this tiny yet bustling historic place. From here we’ll enjoy the descent to the world renowned olive mill, Moulin Castelas. Here we’ll learn all the ins and outs of harvesting olives and how to turn their bitter juices into delectable oils. We’ll enjoy a lovely picnic prepared by the guides before cruising through Maussane on our way back to St Remy. Tonight, we’ll dine in the hotel’s own gastronomic restaurant and get spoiled by the chef’s masterful skills in the kitchen!
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Les Baux de Provence, Paradou, Maussane en Provence
Accomplished: 17 miles / 28 km (Optional ride of 22 miles / 35 km)
Day Four: Market Day in St. Remy
It’s market day in St. Remy! Explore the streets, filled with artisans selling fabrics, essential oils, soaps, produce, jewelry, olives, and more. This is your chance to gather all those last minute gifts for friends and family in one of the many little shops that line the streets of this beautiful town. Attend another olive oil tasting or perhaps an optional bike ride if cycling is what you’re after. This afternoon, after all the excitement, your guides will see you off at the Avignon train station.
Accomplished: Optional ride of 9 miles / 14 km